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is it to stop these things and it became obvious it was the job of the u.n. and they were failing miserably and that's when the whole thing clicked together. host: how would you look at your political views. guest: i would say right of center. i probably go left, too, and right, too, but left of center would describe me. host: how much did this documentary cost you? guest: it's embarrassing. it cost about $2 million to make and a couple of million dollars to release. host: and you got to get the money back? guest: no. it was very, very successful, one of the more successful documentaries in the past couple of years but the economics in the film business, particularly the documentary business are such that it's hard to recover your costs. host: when did you start the documentary process? guest: i was an investment banker when this idea hit me and within two weeks i quit my job and started raising the money to make the movie. that was going back to 20 06. host: you were at lehman brothers. guest: lehman brothers, yeah. host: how many years? host: i was -- guest: i was there four, five years.
on c-span. >> this week on "q&a," ami horowitz discusses his newly released documentary entitled "u.n. me." host: you made a documentary and then you left your apartment one day and somebody said something to you. what was your story? guest: thank you for having me on. i started at a for-profit documentary that ended up a non-profit. host: what is the name of the documentary? guest: it is called "u.n. me." we call it docutainment. host: who confronted you? guest: i walked outside of my apartment. the upper west side of manhattan, nothing exciting happens. i was greeted by a man who was waiting very nicely dressed in a well-made suit. he was waiting for me outside of my apartment. he said, are you ami horowitz? i said, yes i am. he said, is this movie more important than your family? looking back at it, you wanted to put him in a grip. you are stunned. i said, who the hell are you? off he went. he was gone. it was a pretty shocking wake- up into this web i have fallen into. i have no idea who he was. host: was he an american? guest: know he was not. host: why do you think he was doing
within the international communities and i'm not just talking about the u.n.. i'm talking about its impact on communities and groups in the middle east and beyond and a sense that the world has been broken into groups and some were being targeted or profiled who felt very strongly about this and this is about a bar on which the international committee was divided. the council did not approve it and i firmly believe we should have given the inspectors, the weapons inspectors, more time to do their work in iraq and gotten back with a report to the security council but the council that heads wanted so dam -- saddam said there would be serious consequences to determine first whether they corporate it with the inspectors are not and secondly to determine what those consequences should be. obviously when it comes to use of force, and a country when attack has the right to defend itself but when it comes to broader pieces and issues one cannot do it without the unique legitimacy of the security council. >> host: but why such a lasting legacy because now that american troops have pulled out
talking about the u.n. i'm talking about the impact on communities and groups in the middle east. and beyond. and the sense that the world has been broken in to groups and some were being targeted or profiles who felt very strongly about this, and this is about a war on which they the international community was divided. not approve it and i've personally believed we should have give the inspectors the weapons inspectors more time to do their work in iraq and come back with a report to the security counsel but the counsel had that won saddam hussein, that if you do not [inaudible] there would be serious consequences to determine the firstly whether he has performed with the inspectors or not and secondly determent what the consequences should be. obviously when it comes to use of force, any country has a right to defend itself. but when it comes to broader peace and security issues, one cannot do it without the you sneak legitimate sei of the security counsel. >> why a lasting legacy? now that american iraq -- [inaudible] the legacy of extreme islamic terrorism with us every day.
'm not just talking about the u.n. communities and groups in the middle east. and also beyond. the things that the world has been broken into groups, or some are being targeted or profiled, felt very who felt very strongly about this. this is about more on which the committee was divided. the council did not approve it. some believe we should been giving the inspectors the weapons inspectors more time to do their work in iraq and come back to the council, that if you do not perform, there would be serious consequences. to determine what those consequences should be. obviously, when it comes to use of force, any country one attack has a right to defend itself. but when it comes to broader peace and security issues, one cannot do it without the unique legitimacy of the figurative narration. >> host: is not a war that is still interested, although it is extreme terrorism, as it is everyday. >> guest: the impact on iraq and the iraqis is hard for the iraqis. i was in july talking to the prime minister. we discussed syria and he was very concerned about what could happen or it using your own e
>>> coming up, an american muslim leader on demands for the u.n. to restrict free speech. also a report on unarmed paid civilian peacekeepers. they seem to be successful, but -- >> you have to remain humble, and this is not a tool that fits every situation and that will rid the world of war. >> plus, how jews experience the joyous holiday of sikut all next week. >>> major funding is provided by the lilian endowment, an indianapolis-based family foundation dedicated to religion, community development and education. additional funding also provided by mutual of america. designing customized, individual and oup retirement products. that's why we're you're your retirement company. >>> welcome. i'm bob abernathy. good to have you with us. aas p as protests continued debates were front and center at the opening session of the united nations general assembly in new york. in a strong speech, president obama again condemned the video as an insult to muslims and all americans, but america rejects it. >> given the power and faith and passion that it can inflame, the strongest weapon is no
the international community, and i'm not just talking about the u.n. i'm talking about the impact on communities and groups in the middle east and beyond the, and the sense the world has been broken into groups, and some are being targeted or profiled, who felt very strongly about it, and this is about a war on which the international community was divided. -- it was not approved, and personally believed we should have given the weapons inspectors more time to do their work in iran and come back with a report to the security council, for the council that warned saddam, if you do not perform there will be serious consequences, to determine, firstly, whether he has performed cooperatively with inspectors or not and secondly, determined what those consequences should be. obviously when it comes to use of force, any country, when attacked, has the right to defend itself. but when it comes to broader peace and security issues, one cannot do it without the unique legitimacy of the security council. >> host: why such a lasting legacy? now that american troops have pulled out of iraq, isn't that a war t
is saying? think again, why the global tax that the u.n. is pushing should have all of us worrying. >> turns out iranians president ahmadnejad wasn't the only one saying crazy things at the u.n. this week. the u.n. general assembly putting a global tax on investing to flying on its agenda and toby, you say that would trigger a global meltdown how? >> well, simple, because this is the campbell's nose under the proverbial tent. an a tax on tax and a tax on preeting-- once you get that point it's like crack and these guys, this is what they're hoping for to get a sliver going and roll and roll and roll with people and what you have, you have inefficient money going into the government. excuse me, efficient money going into the government. to quote gary b smith and it's a disaster. >> i don't think there's a lot of reason to speculate about the tax, it's not going to happen. this is a bunch of egg heads at the bowels of u.n., to propose that country voluntarily create a tax on themselves. and surprised to take toby, a very smart guy, no chance of it. we've heard threats of these kinds
hour the lectern at the u.n. general assembly will belong to one of the world's most device sieve leaders. the brez of ghana. the person i'm peeking of none other than mahmoud amadinejad. you've heard of him. he's about to make his final address as the president of iran. it is not going to be standing room only especially since the u.s. delegation has just decided that it's going to boycott the whole process. not walk out, don't even walk in in the first place. here is the explanation that the u.s. delegation gave us. i'm going to read verbatim. spokeswoman erin pelton says i quote, mr. amadinejad once again uses his trip of the u.n. not to address the legitimate aspirations of the iranian people but to spout paranoid theories and repulsive slurs against israel. does not seem to be much need to read between any of those lines. in the past years western and israeli envoys have decided to come in but then do this walk right out again once amadinejad speaks. this was the scene in 2009. there they go. up and out. then in 2010 it was the same thing all over. ear p
obama's cavalcade is about the only thing moving forward at the u.n. behind the scenes at the general assembly, things are at a standstill. this time, the special envoy and german foreign minister are in talks, but still, no results. >> you see the pictures of people in refugee camps, and you can only express frustration and anger at the political deadlock in new york. >> but some politicians and diplomats at the general assembly say it is not fair to condem the united nations for failing to act on syria. >> i think as an outsider, you always think, "just do something," but it is really not that simple. >> there's a huge humanitarian crisis. the refugees need to be taken care of. >> some ambassadors on the security council have little positive to say about the u.n.'s role in syria. they're frustrated by gridlock in the council and in the wider un. >> the fact is that so far, everybody has failed, from the secretary-general to security council. >> that view is shared by many people outside the un. with the crisis in syria deepening, faith in the united nations is being put to the test.
on the agenda. u.n. women headed by former chilean president, michelle bachelet will ask member nations to improve women's access to justice, especially in conflict and post conflict zones. secretary of state hillary clinton will join the equal futures partnership to set goals for williams empowerment worldwide. the u.n. will also launch the first ever international day of the girl next month. that to highlight how girls' equity is key to global prosperity and stability. the u.n. meeting highlights an explosion of interest by governments and ngo's in girls and women's empowerment and well-being. so patricia is the international community finally taking women's empowerment seriously? >> absolutely i think so with the leadership of secretary clinton and leaders by the former president of chilean president, michelle bachelet, i'm confident they will start making a difference. >> i think we have come a long way having susan rice as our ambassador and hillary clinton but we have a long way to go but this is a good start. >> the investments are being made and we are working toward it is but t
from so far away, it shows the universe as it was -- wait for this -- 13.2 billion years ago. the u.n.'s refugee agency says the number of those fleeing syria could reach 700,000 by the end of the year. some 300,000 people have already escaped to a neighboring country -- countries and the agency warns they are running out of time to stem the violence. the organization as appealing for half a billion dollars to help support the refugees. unhcr regional coordinator for syriza refugees says 3000 people fled the country every day in august. >> this figure -- it is a humanitarian planning figure. it is based on trend. in august an average of 3000 refugees crossing the border. in september, we continue to have to thousand crossing the border. we are forecasting to continue to receive and help assyrian refugees as the cross, but also an increasing number of syr ian of the juice already in jordan or lebanon who are coming forward to register. we want to make sure our humanitarian factors -- 52 organizations, agencies, and you go's -- we are putting together planning to make sure we have diaz
its claim to the senkaku islands. china handed in a new chart to the u.n. on september the 13th. it showed a territorial baseline extending beyond the senkaku islands. japanese foreign ministry officials said they have responded with a document objecting to chinese application. the document states the senkakus historically and legally belong to japan. it says the country cannot accept china's claim to the territory. the u.n. is expected to post the document on its website. prime minister yoshihiko noda is scheduled to speak at the u.n. general assembly on wednesday. he's expected to call for a resolution of territorial issues based on international laws. japan is also engaged in a dispute with south korea over the takeshima islands in the sea of japan. >>> they say the issues could behindering regional stability. the south korean prime minister held talks in new york with his u.s. counterpart. the two officials aparentally did not refer directly to the territorial disputes with japan. but they emphasized historical issues remany unresolved. they agreed that regional stability de
president obama is changing topics. >> the president will address the u.n. general assembly and he's expected to focus on problems in libya, the middle east and iran. 9news now reporter kristin fisher is live outside the white house with the story. good morning, kristin. >> reporter: good morning, mike and andrea. president obama has plenty to talk about when he addresses the u.n. general assembly later today in new york. there's the civil war in syria, the recent attacks in libya and egypt and the possibility of iran developing a nuclear weapon. but the president is not going to be at the u.n. for long. he's taken some hits for it. the president arrived in new york city yesterday afternoon and he went straight for a sitdown not with world leaders but with the ladies of the view. in fact, the president will not be sitting down with any world leaders during the u.n. which is extremely rare. last year he had 13 meetings with world leaders during the u.n. so critics are accusing the president of putting his reelection efforts ahead of diplomacy but jay carney pointed out the president
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is saying? think again, why the global tax that the u.n. is pushing should have all of us worrying. -[ taste buds ] donuts, donuts! -who are these guys? -oh, that's just my buds. -bacon. -my taste buds. -[ taste buds ] donuts. how about we try this new kind of fiber one cereal? you think you're going to slip some fiber by us? okay. ♪ fiber one is gonna make you smile. ♪ [ male announcer ] introducing new fiber one nutty clusters and almonds. >> turns out iranians president ahmadnejad wasn't the only one saying crazy things at the u.n. this week. the u.n. general assembly putting a global tax on investing to flying on its agenda and toby, you say that would trigger a global meltdown how? >> well, simple, because this is the campbell's nose under the proverbial tent. an a tax on tax and a tax on preeting-- once you get that point it's like crack and these guys, this is what they're hoping for to get a sliver going and roll and roll and roll with people and what you have, you have inefficient money going into the government. excuse me, efficient money going into the government. to quote ga
was the 7th secretary-general of the united nations. most recently the u.n. and arab league envoy to syria. his new book is called interventions, a life in war and peace. please welcome to the program kofi annan. ( cheers and applause ) >> thank you, sir. nice to see you. >> jon: how are you? thanks for joining us. the book is called interventions. let me ask you this. how's the world? >> messy. jon: it is messy. it is messy. jon: you have been following these events for a very long time. would you say in your estimation on the kofi annan scale of peace in our time to "oh, my god, run! "where would you say the world is right now? >> you're close to run. jon: really? more than in previous times, even the bosnian conflict, people were involved in >> today we have syria's problem in the middle east and the whole region. if syria has a miscalculation can really create a problem, we will not be able to handle. syria is divided. we know civil war is going on. the region is divided. and the security council, that supposed to be responsible for international peace is also divided. this make it ver
budget and the peacekeeping budget -- what you think the u.n.'s role is in global affairs? we will start with today's headlines -- here's the baltimore sun this morning with this headline -- we want to get your take this morning on the role of the un in global affairs. patrick is first in carnegie, pennsylvania, a democrat. good morning. caller: good morning. i think the role of the un has become bastardized because of the state of israel. all you have to do is go to the mideast section of the u.s. state department and you see and israeli presence in the state department with photographs of benjamin netanyahu and their flag. host: here is the wall street journal front-page this morning -- this is from the wall street journal front-page this morning. inside the paper it says -- and here's the picture inside the new york post of the president and michelle obama meeting with the latest from the view. jim in pittsburgh, pennsylvania, the republican line. caller: i think every free country should get out of the united nations. itthe muslims are not going to t along with anyone, so why try to
progress. and the libyan president is off today to new york for the opening of u.n. general assembly, so any official prodding... [no audio]. >> i believe we lost the audio there from gregg. but he was reporting from tripply. >> jamie: we are learning more about the deadly u.s. consulate attack. we have a correspondent working on the sources on the emerging details and the status of the officials on the ground are taking a look. we go to washington right now. what is the latest? >> reporter: jamie, good morning. fox was first to report after the attack in benghazi, there is evidence suggesting insider help. this morning on the sunday talk shows, the head of the house intelligence committee saying the terrorists seem to know more than the consulates lay out. >> there is still some indication that they may have known the ambassador was there or in the area at the time of the attack. but 9/11 is probably more important to that equation than the ambassador. i do think it was wildly successful beyond their dreams to kill the american face in libya, our united states ambassador. did. >> report
, and it is not an accident, rubbing salt in the wound. more troubling to u.n. watcher who says it is not so much the u.n. not moving the speech, maybe why the white house did not try or care. very good do have you, professor. what do you make of the timing? accidental? weird? deliberate? >>guest: this is a guy who has dedicated his time in office to antisemetism, to the destruction of the state of israel. he obviously is happy with the opportunity to speak on the holiest day of the jewish calendar. it suits him. the question is, why does it suit us? what are we doing abouting this to happen? >>neil: you argue because it is the united nations does not mean you let every kook in the country. >>guest: there is a headquarters agreement the we have an obligation to allow transit to and from the headquarters district as it is called on first avenue in new york city. there is also another part of the headquarters agreement. that says there shall not be, it will be prohibited, racial and religious discrimination, in the headquarters district. ahmadinejad is a racist in chief. that is what he does best. not only
. >> woodruff: and we return to the war in syria-- one of the pressing issues facing wor leaders at the u.n. gathering this week. margaret warner sat down with turkey's foreign minister yesterday in new york to discuss the crisis. her report begins with a look at how the conflict has jumped the turkey-syria border. >> warner: as civil war engulfs their homeland, thousands more syrians flee every month. many of them heading north, into turkey. >> they bombarded us with aircraft and mortars when we were in our homes. my family and villagers fled to the turkish border. >> warner: the u.n. refugee agency estimates about 85,000 syrians are now living in camps inside the turkish border. they're among some 250,000 syrians who've sought refuge in neighboring states. 100,000 arrived in august alone, amid some of the deadliest fighting since the syrian uprising began 18 months ago. on the frontline of the crisis, turkish prime minister recep tayyip erdogan had harsh words this month about the outside world's response. >> ( translated ): syria is going through a huge humanitarian crisis. unfortunately
ahmadinejad took the stage at the u.n. general assembly prompting the annual walkout, but many protesters outside say this year's speech is different. it's the ultimate insult. the man who wants to wipe israel off the map speaking on yom kippur, an important jewish holiday. >> iranian president mahmoud ahmadinejad delivering his hate-filled rhetoric, and thousands of protesters turned out. >> we're here to support the opposition in iran, an to suppot against the dictator in iran. >> we are here to support our iranian brothers for their freedom since we have the same struggle, the same war, against this regime. >> the united nations is now anti-israel that the general assembly routinely does things that are disruptive. >> he's a murderer. he does not represent the iranian people. >> i was a student in the university of tehran. i know ahmadinejad is one of the persons that was torturing political prisoners. >> but the obama administration is not for regime change in iran. it shows a level of weakness that's dangerous. i call it provocative weakness. >> four years of the iranian dictatorship
for chaos. it refuses to define or even fight terrorism. >> u.n. member states have not been able to agree on definition of terrorism. >> definition of terrorism is very difficult thing. >> my own view quite frankly, terrorism is like pornography, you know what you see it. >> we have a defending right here. >> you can take it to them and show the general assembly. >> i'm sure they know the webster defending and it appears in other dictionaries. >> problem is defending that can be agreed to by everyone. >> webster's can do it. >> i don't know, if that is webster's. >>> joining me is the creator of you and me. i enjoyed the film but it was disturbing. you got the united nations that can't even define terrorism. our president goes to the u.n. and doesn't mention it but we got a dead ambassador to show for is be a undefineable cause. >> i tried to spoon feed it to the guy with dictionary. >> what was it that motivated to take on the united nations? >> it's interesting. there was a moment. i was sitting at home. i was watching a michael moore movie. i can't tell you why. i started thinking abou
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